March 16, 2015
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Save $220 on the refurbished Olympus 75mm lens.

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GetOlympus lowered the price on the refurbished 75mm prime lens. You now get it for $559 only in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here).

Those are the current three Olympus-Panasonic deals listed at Amazon US:
Save Big on Select Panasonic Camera Products (Click here).
$200 Off the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Camera (Click here).
Save $200 on the M. Zuiko 12-40mm Pro Lens w/ Purchase of the Olympus E-M5II (Click here).

Olympus lens savings:
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$80 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12-40mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 60mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

March 16, 2015
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New 7-14mm and 8mm PRO lens Hands-On at Pen And Tell

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Pen And Tell had the chance to “Play” with the upcoming two new Olympus PRO lenses. I will translate some of the key findings for you:

8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lens:
– Compared to the Four Thirds fisheye lens the new MFT version is much smaller and lighter.
– The focus ring works wonderfully light
– Bokeh is good
– The lens is very sharp straight from max aperture

7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens:
– Compared to the Four Thirds version lens the new MFT version is again much smaller and lighter.
– Autofocus is very fast and silent
– Focus wheel runs very smooth
– Close focus is impressive. I’ts 2cm from the end of the lens.
– Bokeh is very good
– No flare issues

The tester said “Both lenses leave you with a smile on your face“.

Reminder: Two of the future PRO lenses are listed here:
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO Lens (here at BHphoto).
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f/4 PRO Lens (here at BHphoto).

March 16, 2015
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A bit of everything…


The JVC 4K Micro Four Thirds camera presentation from BH (start at minute 4).

M.Zuiko 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II review at Mirrorlessons.
Does Sensor Size Matter? (Wexphotographic).
Five 3-Axis Gimbals for the Panasonic GH4 (Suggestionofmotion).
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 review at Lessgearmorephotos.
E-M5II – der elektronische Verschluss (Pen And Tell).
A new OMD camera-cake at Haraldzoufal.

Norman:Just come across your great website. I don’t know whether this is of interest to you or your readers, but I have posted five free-to-download macro shots taken with the EM5 II at high (40MP) resolution, here: http://www.normanday.net/p362961329

Tim:I changed the video a bit but here’s the new link. Shot entirely on an em 5 mark II to test the slow motion capabilities and quality! So pleased how it turned out. Share if you’d like! https://vimeo.com/121642048

March 15, 2015
Posted in deals

Extended Olympus MFT lens deals.

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The Olympus US up to $100 lens savings are back on GetOlympus (Click here) and other US stores:
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$80 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12-40mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 60mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

New Panasonic lens preorders:
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 POWER O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Panasonic MACRO 30mm f/2.8 MEGA O.I.S. Lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.

March 15, 2015
Posted in reviews

Kowa lenses tested on the GH4 (Guest post by Lee Mullen).

Kowa lenses tested on the GH4 (Guest post by Lee Mullen).

I’m not a reviewer as such but more of a hands on professional and only had the lens for 2 days. I have taken it out to shoot mainly outdoor landscape shots.

These were all taken on the Panasonic GH4.

What I can say is that the lens is built like a tank and has a very similar, if not better physical feel about it than Voigtlander Nokton M4/3 lenses which I also own, that is real quality metal and very smooth focus and an adjustable clickless iris ring with the ‘T’ markings shown (for video shooters like myself). It has some weight in it and really does feel quality made as you would expect from a Japanese optical product.

Image wise, it is very clean and rectilinear with no noticeable barrel/mustache distortion and very sharp in the corners.

Like most ultra wide angle lenses, it does suffer with chromatic aberration, but thankfully Kowa have reduced this pretty well and when looking at comparison images taken with a Tokina 11-16mm using a Metabones Speedbooster, the Kowa is heads up with little CA to notice. Even both lenses at T3.0 (f/2.8), the Kowa is sharper than the Tokina and has a less of a clinical look about it. The Kowa Prominar has some nice characteristics about it’s own look.

On the GH4 it attaches lovely with no play at the mount.

Kowa supply the lens with a nice very wide proper lens hood which has a tightening screw like in the old days. It also comes with a padded case.

Overall, as I professional photographer shooting landscape, HDR, events and real estate photography here in Western Australia, plus a shooter of cinema like video, I can definately recommend this lens which fills the ultra wide gap in the native Micro Four Thirds void. No need really for Speed Boosters or slow ultra wide angles, this will impress you.

Gan Eden
Gan Eden Photography & Video Productions
Western Australia

The new Kowa Micro Four Thirds lenses are already available on eBay:
12mm f/1.8 in Black (Click here), Green (Click here) and Silver (Click here).
25mm f/1.8 in Black (Click here), Green (Click here) and Silver (Click here).

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